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Before and After Flipped House

I am so excited to show you this house, 3902 Biddle Street. Six weeks ago, I showed you before we started the project, Teresa rehabbed her own home. And it is very hot out here. Let’s go inside so I can show you how beautiful it is.

Guys, we’re inside the house now. Our whole idea was to walk in the front door and have a great first impression. Well, I think we did that. We put in the new lighting, canned lights. We put a beautiful fan up here. It did not have any light in here. You were supposed use lamps, but of course that’s not what we do. Now we have this beautiful laminate flooring that actually makes this place pop, because the way it runs in and out. It’s a great place.

If you remember this place here, it was stuffy, it had carpet, it didn’t have a good feel about it, but now with the laminate flooring, it just flows with the rest of the house, but now it creates an office space. We put lighting in here. It didn’t have lighting. We did your closet doors. With the laminate flooring and the new paint, it creates either an office or it could be a bedroom.

Now, my favorite part of this house is this open concept that runs into the dining and the kitchen. What I love about this dining room is we got rid of the darkness in here. It was dark, it didn’t have any lighting, it had some dark cabinets up there. I mean, we just got rid of the cabinets, put some lighting, a nice chandelier. I mean, it just makes this fireplace pop. Now follow me to the kitchen.

Now, we’re in the kitchen, which is one of my little favorite places. What we did here, as I’ve mentioned, we got rid of the soffits, put the ceiling up more, created more space for the cabinets. We put new appliances, beautiful quartz, and of course, I love my little lamps here, my little pendant lights, and of course got rid of the industrial door. Nobody liked it. Added this beautiful door with windows looking out. And, again, laminate flooring running throughout the house.

As we mentioned before, we got rid of a door that was here, just created an open space. There’s no reason for a door. And this was double doors. We just brought it down, made a nice size door, create more room in this bedroom. Come on.

Again, like the rest of the house, we added lighting. The rooms were all dark. We put carpet in all the bedrooms, paint, new baseboards, looks beautiful. New doors. I love doors. And then you come in here and you have a special little bathroom. It’s not that much space, but yet we’ve created a bigger shower, and just a little small little area for mama to take care of herself.

Thank you so much for tuning in, in this episode. If you’re interested in flipping your own house without any of your money, yes, I say without any of your own money, give me a call, Sonya Flores, Faith & Vision Realty with Flip Your Own House.

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Olivewood Gardens

As kids we were always told not to play with our food. In my latest episode of Beyond The Vision, we take a look at Olivewood Gardens, a place that not only allows, but encourages you to play with your food. By providing an interactive learning experience on their 6.85 acre property, Olivewood empowers students and families to be healthier.

This National City gem teaches lessons not only in the garden, but in the kitchen, so that you can build environmental awareness learn the benefits of having a good quality diet while simultaneously being sustainable. Some of their hands on workshops include: sustainable agriculture, water conservation, recycling and composting. There is even an adult class called Cooking for Salud, which encourages parents to make the kitchen a healthy food phenomenon.

A wonderful group of volunteers serve the community as chefs, food professionals, master gardeners, scientists, college students, and educators to bring life back to the area. 

Through their culinary courses offered to grades pre-k through highschool,  Olivewood Gardens, puts an emphasis on trying new foods, creating a more positive attitude for the students towards fruits and veggies.  As if that wasn’t enough, Olivewood also offers gardening classes, field trips, weekly tours, and weekend family days, along with meetings and luncheons for health- and sustainability-related companies and organizations. Some students visit three times a year to observe and experience all the different growing seasons.

They have numerous programs which include field trips and group visits, girl scout badge workshop, talls and smalls in the garden, teacher support, gardening classes, as well as cooking classes. There is something there for everyone to enjoy and learn from to keep you captivated the whole day! 

One of my favorite things about Olivewood, being born and raised in National City, is their dedication to the local area. the rate of diabetes hospitalization and mortality is 2.3 times greater in National City than the county average and they are dedicated to educating with the intent to lower this rate and improve the lives of everyone who steps foot onto the gardens. 

With over 46,000 visits since February of 2010, there is no doubt that Olivewood Gardens has made an enormous impact on society. The Gardens has plenty of events for all ages so be sure to get more information which can be found on their website at Thank you for tuning in!

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Flipping Your Own Home without Putting Your Own Money Down

Theresa over here just inherited this house. She was about to list it for sale, but that was before she knew she could make about $70,000 more by flipping it herself. Guess what? She’s not using any of her own money. You want to know how? Come with me and I will show you what we are doing to flip her home. Stay tuned for the next episode to find out exactly how she Flipped her Home, without any of her money!!

I’m Sonya with Faith and Vision Realty. I’ll flip your own house and I’m here to help you.

We’re in the home now, and this living room, what we’re going to do, we’re going to get rid of all the carpet. We’re going to get rid of the popcorn in every bedroom actually, every area that has popcorn ceiling. We’re going to finish it, give it a nice finish. We’re going to put some beautiful laminate flooring here. It’s going to look beautiful.

Now let’s come in here real quick. This room is … It’s a bedroom. It has a closet. What we’re going to do, we’re going to run the laminate flooring all the way through the new closet doors and we’re going to put it as an office because it just runs with the living room. It’s going to look awesome.

Here in this area is … It looks like a living room, little dining room. We’re kind of changing it a little bit, getting rid of the carpet, running, again, the laminate flooring. Beautiful laminate flooring. But we’re going to make it a smaller kind of sitting area with a bigger dining room area.

You can see the kitchen. We’re going to remove the soffit up there, bring it up more, and brand new cabinets, brand new everything. Brand new door to go outside. Not this industrial door there. But it’s going to look beautiful.

Now we’re going to go into the master bedroom. What we’re going to do here, we’re going to remove these two doors. We’re going to make one entrance just to create more room in the bedroom. We’re going to have to get rid of this beautiful flooring. Sorry. We’re going to have to put new laminate flooring, but they’ll be happy with it.

Back here is the master bathroom. We’re going to get rid of everything. We’re going to install new vanities, new mirrors. We’re going to kind of rearrange it a little bit. It’s just a little crowded in here. But it’s going to look beautiful.

I hope you’re as excited as I am to see the end result. Can’t wait for it. Sonya Flores, Faith and Vision Realty, with our first episode of Flip Your Own House.

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Increasing Coordination and Confidence

Gracie South Bay Jiu Jitsu Academy in National City was founded by world champion Leticia Ribeiro and UFC Veteran Fabricio Camoes. Gracie South Bay provides training to those of all ages and different interest levels. Their students range from children four years old to senior adults. I recently stopped by the academy with my two grandchildren. I spoke with Leticia to hear her story.

Gracie South Bay Jiu Jitsu Academy
Gracie South Bay Jiu Jitsu Academy


Leticia’s passion for jiu jitsu began in Brazil when she was 14 years old. In Brazil, Leticia was an athlete and later shared her skills with others when she started teaching. In 2007, Leticia came to the United States to compete on a global level as well as teach others.


Leticia believes Gracie South Bay Jiu Jitsu offers a unique experience to its students. The difference between Gracie South Bay and other academies is the family environment. The academy has parents and children training together. Gracie South Bay trains everyone from world champions to beginners. 


Gracie South Bay Jiu Jitsu enforces the importance of competition and encourages its students to compete. What I like most about their philosophy is that the academy enforces the importance of doing your personal best, not on winning or losing. Students build confidence on and off the mat and learn discipline. 

Located at 340 W 26th Street in National City, Gracie South Bay Jiu Jitsu is right off the I-5 Freeway and Mile of Cars exit. The academy offers the community a terrific location for personal training services with state-of-the-art equipment in a fun and encouraging environment. 

If you’re looking for a great way to increase your physical fitness, learn self defense, or increase your child’s coordination, confidence, and self-defense skills in a non-violent manner, head to Gracie South Bay Jiu Jitsu. When you speak with Leticia, make sure you tell her I sent you!

Gracie South Bay Jiu Jitsu Academy
340 W 26th St, National City, CA 91950
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You’ll Feel Like Family with Martha Mendoza at MG Business and Tax Service

Let’s face it. When it comes to doing your individual taxes, or payroll, bookkeeping and tax preparation for your business, you need to rely on a professional. I have a great personal and professional resource I rely on that I’m excited to share with you. Martha Mendoza is proprietor of MG Business and Tax Service located at 124 E. 30th Street Suite D in National City. She and her business will offer you personal and professional services to ensure you’re up to date on the latest laws backed by accuracy and great customer service. When you meet Martha, you’ll feel like you’re with family. I recently sat down with Martha to learn a little more about her and her business.

MG Business and Tax Service

The Beginning

As a single parent, Martha Mendoza started her business in 2002. It began as a home business. Her first customers were referrals. As a family-focused professional, the beginning stages of her business gave her the flexibility to work full-time and still be available to her children at all times. 

The Business

MG Business and Tax Service does tax preparation for small businesses and individuals. Customer service is an important function no matter what business service you provide. During my meeting with Martha, I asked, “What sets you apart and keeps customers coming back?” Martha enthusiastically explained, “I really truly believe what keeps clients coming back is that personal relationship I have. It’s not about numbers. It’s about helping them build their business. To me, they’re family.” I loved hearing this because I also believe my clients are like family. 

Get Started

For tax preparation in and around National City, head to Martha Mendoza at MG Business & Tax Service located at 124 E 30th Street, Suite D in National City and tell her I sent you. She’ll offer you a personal and professional experience. Best of all, you’ll feel like family.

MG Business and Tax Service
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4 Easy Ways To Improve Home Value Before You Sell

Knowing how to get the most money for your property is tricky. If you are willing to make some improvements, I have 4 simple, cheap ways to increase the value of your San Diego home.

Buyers largely focus on aesthetics. Putting a little money in can lead to a lot of money back.

If you want to take on bigger projects and get a much better return, check out our HomeMax service. We can also lend you the money to maximize your home’s value before selling it!

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Selling Your House For Top Dollar In The San Diego Real Estate Market

When you sell your home you probably want to get the most out of it, right?  Most people in the San Diego Real Estate market want to sell their home for top dollar, but unfortunately don’t know how.

On this blog post, I’m going to show you how to sell your house for 15-20% more than it’s currently worth by flipping it!  


I am happy to announce our new program we just launched in the San Diego Real Estate market recently called, Flip Your House.

This program helps San Diego homeowners fix up their homes before they list them for sale so they can sell them for more money.

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Escape Room in National City, April 30th

Countdown to Race Day

Escape Room
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6 spots left. Registration ends April 30, 2019 at 5:30pm PDT
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Steal and Escape, 2602 Transportation Ave. B, National City, 91950
San Diego, CA US 92136
Work as a team to solve puzzles, find clues, crack riddles and uncover keys to escape the room in under 60 minutes!

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

Meet at Steal and Escape, 2602 Transportation Ave. B, National City, 91950

* All sales are final. There will be no refunds issued for this activity.

* Must be 16yrs+ or accompanied with an adult